Win 1 of 22 GO! Filtered Water Bottles

To celebrate the start of ‪‎Euros 2016‬, we bring you our biggest ever ‪#Competition‬ to kick start your summer.

We’ve got 22 GO! Filter Bottles up for grabs. You’re just one question away from winning. Simply answer the question below to enter.

You can also get up to 11 extra bonus entires by subscribing to our Newsletter or Joining us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube. If you refer a friend to the competition you get 5 extra bonus entries! Each one will give you one extra bonus entry. Your entries are shown in the top left corner. The more entries you have the more chances to win!

 

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World Oceans Day 2016

On June, 8th, we celebrated World Oceans Day. The oceans cover 70% of our planet, so it’s fitting that we join together to celebrate them!

World Oceans Day is the official UN-designated international day of ocean celebration. On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it.

This year’s theme is “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” and individuals and organisations across the planet are taking action for prevention of plastic pollution in our ocean.

At Water-to-Go, our mission is to eliminate the need for single-use plastic (SUP) water bottles by offering a safe, environmentally friendly alternative, which delivers clean, filtered water, from nearly any source, anywhere in the world.

So, for World Oceans Day 2016, we take a look at SUP water bottles and how they can affect our planet.

worldoceansdayblogPlastic is used everywhere. Why? It’s extremely durable, lightweight, cheap and versatile, which is why it has replaced materials, such as metal, glass and wood. The global production of plastics is now around 265 million tonnes per year! Unfortunately, plastics are one of the most hazardous forms of litter when in our oceans.

Plastics are made from hydrocarbons and hence, very difficult to breakdown. When they’re in the sea, plastic breaks down at a very slow rate.

“Estimates for plastic degradation at sea range from 450 to 1,000 years. However, plastics may never fully degrade; they simply break down into smaller and smaller fragments and ultimately into microscopic plastic pieces or plastic dust.”– Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Pollution Policy & Position Statement.

The Marine Conservation Society, the largest marine charity in the UK, also highlight the amount of plastics that actually end up in our oceans:

“A study of the distribution and abundance of large marine debris on continental shelves and slopes in European seas recorded concentrations up to 101,000 pieces of debris per km2 (Galgani et al., 2000). At most sample stations, plastic (mainly bags and bottles) accounted for more than 70% of the total debris.”

RS25163_DSC_5446The MCS have recorded the shocking amount of plastic waste that is made up from SUP bottles:

“During the 2014 Great British Beach Clean 7,962 drinks bottles and 14,750 caps and lids were found. Plastic drinks bottles accounted for 2.8% of all litter and had a density of 69 items/km. Caps and lids accounted for 5.4% of total litter with an average density of 132 items/km.”

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So, how do SUP bottles make it into our oceans in the first place? Simple, we live in a throw away society. We all know the importance of recycling, however, it’s not always an option, especially when we are out of the house and there are no recycling bins near by. The situation can be even worse when we’re on holiday. You’re in a hot country so are consuming more water to top up your hydration levels. You may choose bottled water for a number of reasons – you don’t trust the local tap water, it tastes better and is convenient. But unfortunately, not all countries have the resources to recycle. That means we just don’t know where it will end up. Either in a landfill or floating in the Sea where it will be broken down into small enough pieces to be eaten and end up in the food chain. Or worse, it could contribute to the 100,000 marine mammals and 1,000,000 sea birds that are killed each year from ingesting plastics.

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So, how can we reduce the amount of plastic bottles in our oceans?

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The simplest way is to try and reduce the amount of SUP we consume, and when we do use plastic, make sure we can reuse it and recycle it. As previously mentioned, recycling can be hard when we don’t have a special bin outside but it is absolutely vital in order to prevent plastic pollution.

We have partnered with the MCS this June for their ‘Plastic Challenge’. The challenge is to say goodbye to conveniences like pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and plastic-bottled drinks for a day, a week or the whole month.

MCS offers help and advice through an online community all through the month of June. There is also an online shop with products to help you say goodbye to plastic waste. Our Water-to-Go, 75cl and GO! Filter Bottles are available and to celebrate the Plastic Challenge we’ve got 15% off using the code MCS16 at checkout. Not only do you get a discount, we’ll match the discount and donate 15% directly to MCS.

 

Blessed are the Meek…Family

Recently, at the Adventure Travel Show, we had the pleasure of meeting a remarkable family who are not only doing something incredibly unique but are also trying to make a huge difference in the world.

Let’s start at the beginning.

The Meeks are a family of 4 – Tim and Kerry and their two daughters, Amy and Ella. They lived a pretty normal life until the summer of 2014 when they sold their house, quit their jobs and took the girls out of school to go on a year adventure, travelling the UK and finding opportunities to learn about it in a real and memorable way.

Before the adventure began, Tim and Kerry were both working as teachers but wanted to dedicate more time to the family. After winning a caravan in a competition, they made the radical decision to give up their jobs, sell their house and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Their dream was to combine their love for adventure with a more personalised and engaging approach to education; the locations that the girls visit become the basis of their learning.

Amy and Ella, came to our stand when we were exhibiting at the Adventure Travel Show to purchase new filters for their Water-to-Go bottles. It was hard to believe that these were children when they spoke with such confidence and intelligence. It was clear that the ‘Meek learning style’ is obviously working!

Since then, the family have started a campaign, and it’s one very close to our hearts.

Following the release of the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the Meek Family decided to get involved and have set themselves a challenge to tackle the growing issue of single-use plastics.

The family’s challenge focuses on 3 R’s – Refuse, Refill & Remove.

Their goal is to:

  • Encourage people to REFUSE to use single-use plastic drinks bottles, coffee cups and straws
  • Encourage people to REFILL a reusable plastic drinks bottle rather than buy single-use bottles
  • REMOVE 100,000 plastic bottles from the environment

The challenge ties in with 3 of the UN’s Global Goals: Click on each one below to learn more.

To date, the family have collected an impressive 2,909 single-use bottles from beaches, forests and road-sides.

The family’s target is 100,000 single-use bottles – 1 for every sea mammal killed by plastic in the oceans every year!

We are extremely proud to have the Meek family as our customers and hope their story can inspire others to question their own use of single-use plastic and to Refuse, Refill & Remove.

Follow their adventure at www.dotrythisathome.com

Reduced Delivery Charges for UK

We’re pleased to announce we’ve managed to reduce the cost of delivery to the UK.

You now have 5 options to choose from, ranging from ‘Free Delivery’ to a ‘Tracked 24hr’ Service.

Our new prices are:

  • Free Delivery (3-5 Days) – On all orders over £60
  • 2nd Class (3-5 Days)  – £2.85
  • 1st Class (1-2 Days) – £3.50
  • Tracked 48 (3-5 Days) – £5.00
  • Tracked 24 (1-2 Days) – £6.20

‘1st Class’ and ‘Tracked 24’ services are 1-2 days if the order is placed before 12pm (GMT) Mon-Fri.

 

 

New Partnership for Healthier Oceans

We’re delighted to announce a new partnership between the marine conservation charity Sea-Changers and Water-to-Go to work towards healthier oceans.

With the new partnership purchasers get a 15% discount on every Water-to-Go order and at the same time 15% of the value of their purchase will be donated to Sea-Changers. Sea-Changers will ensure that every penny raised through the partnership will go to vital marine conservation work in the UK.

Sea-Changers raise much needed funds for marine conservation work in the UK. Their vision is to create a world where the UK’s seas and shores are clean and healthy and British marine species are protected.

The money raised by Sea-Changers is given out in grants to a wide range of marine conservation projects around the UK. Many are small, local community-based projects. They also fund key scientific research projects; work to support marine reserves and protected marine areas; direct marine and coastal clean-up action; projects for education, campaigning and raising awareness; and projects to protect specific threatened species.

Many of the projects Sea-Changers have funded have been about reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans. Discarded plastic in the oceans kills thousands of mammals, birds and fish that eat it mistaking it for food or become entangled in it.

Single-use plastic water bottles contribute to this problem. Over 70 billion (seventy thousand million) single-use plastic water bottles are consumed annually in the US and Europe alone. National Geographic, estimate that a maximum of 20% are recycled. That means that over 50 billion bottles go into landfill or end up in our oceans every year.

Rachel Lopata, Co-Founder of Sea-Changers said:

“The partnership with Water-to-Go is very exciting. We believe that many people who travel the world to enjoy the beauty of the oceans will benefit from having a Water-to-Go bottle as it makes tap water and all other fresh water (from rivers or rainfall) safe to drink, wherever they are in the world. Knowing that at the same time, their purchase has raised funds to help the health of the oceans here in the UK is surely a double whammy!”

To get your 15% discount off the website enter the code SEACHANGERS at the checkout. 15% of your order total will be donated to Sea-Changers.

100% of the money they raise will go directly to marine conservation work, they take nothing for their own running costs.

For more information about Sea-Changers and the work they do, visit www.sea-changers.org.uk

20% off all Filters…

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, spent some quality time with family and friends and got some amazing presents.

If you were lucky enough to get one of our water bottles then you’re in luck, we’re offering 20% off all replacement filters until the end of the year.

Stock up for a healthy start to 2016 by entering the code 2016FILTERS at checkout to claim.

Click here to get 20% off GO! Filters.

Click here to get 20% off 75cl Filters.

This offer starts on 26th December and ends on the 31st December 2015 at midnight.

For more information about what our filters can do click here.

Walk the Masar: 1000 miles on foot through the Middle East

In early December 2015, British adventurers Dave Cornthwaite and Leon McCarron set off on a foot journey circumnavigating the heart of the Middle East from Jerusalem to Mt. Katherine in the Sinai desert.

They will walk the masar (‘path’ in Arabic) collecting stories of what they find; meeting the people that live along their route and immersing themselves in awe-inspiring landscapes.

In the press the Middle East has been dominated and defined by the confusion and conflict of current geopolitics, and perhaps no areas have suffered from this more than the regions through which Leon and Dave are walking.

The intention of the Walk The Masar journey is to look beyond the struggles and tensions; to fill a current void in the global media by focusing on the other side – the people, the stories, the communities, and compassion that comes with travelling on foot.

Both Dave and Leon are equipped with a Water-to-Go bottle each to tackle questionable water sources they meet on the way. They are hoping to complete their journey in 3 months.

Biographies

LeonBlog Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish adventurer, filmmaker, writer and motivational speaker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and specializes in long distance, human-powered expeditions. In 2012 Leon crossed 1000 miles of the Empty Quarter desert, roughly following the route of explorer Wilfred Thesiger. With Tom Allen he recently produced the film Karun, documenting their adventure following Iran’s longest river from source to sea.
Facebook: LeonMcCarron
Twitter: @LeonMcCarron

long prom dressDave Cornthwaite is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker. Since quitting his life as a couch potato in 2005 Dave got busy, so far completing 11 non-motorised journeys each over 1000 miles. He has written 3 books, entertained audiences on 6 continents, broken 9 world records, made hundreds of short films, completed countless quirky projects and is the founder of potential-fulfilling brand SayYesMore.
Facebook: Expedition1000
Twitter: @DaveCorn

We caught up with Dave a week into their journey:

“Hello from the West Bank!

I just wanted to drop you a little line now we’ve stopped for a day off (finally!). The Water-to-Go bottles are treating us well!

Leon and I have been walking for the best part of a week now, Leon and I took the first steps of our 1000 mile walk when we left Jerusalem a week ago. Since then we’ve been progressing north through the West Bank, feeling a warm welcome from Palestinians and also hearing stories from their ongoing conflict with Israel.

Our aim remains the same as when we started, to share a different side of the Middle East to the one we’re used to through the eyes of the Media, and we’re really thankful to you for playing a part in making this journey successful.

We hope you enjoy following our journey as much as we do carrying it out. Seven days down, three months to go!”

You can follow this epic adventure at www.walkthemasar.com

Water-to-Go taking over the world

We’re thrilled to announce that Water-to-Go is now available in Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland!

Each one has its own website so you can go there directly to purchase or see the latest news!

We are rapidly expanding, so if we’re not yet available in your country, we will be soon! We’ve got some more exciting announcements coming up very soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Check out the list below to see the full range of countries Water-to-Go is available in:

5p for plastic bags in England

From today, (5th October 2015) shoppers in England will be charged 5p for plastic bags in a bid to reduce the plastic waste it causes.

England is the last part of the UK to start charging for bags and dresses with a similar tax already in place in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

However, the new tax does not apply to everyone. Shops with 250 or more employees must charge 5p but smaller shops and paper bags are exempt.

Stores can still provide free bags for customers who are buying uncooked meat or fish, prescriptions, fresh produce (E.g. flowers), and take away food such as chips.

Some environmental campaigners are worried that these exemptions may make this ban less successful then in other parts of the UK.

It is estimated that nearly 8 billion plastic bags are given away in England alone. It is expected that the new levy will reduce that amount by 75%.

The cash generated by the bag tax will be donated to charities nominated by the shops.

Single-use carrier bags can take 1,000 years to degrade. Not only detrimental to wildlife but it is estimated that there are 70 bags per mile on our coastlines.

Do you agree with the charge, or should they be banned completely?

The same argument could be made for single-use plastic water bottles, which are still a huge burden on our ecosystem. Over 70 billion single use plastic water bottles are consumed annually in the US and Europe alone; National Geographic estimate that a maximum of 20% are recycled.

The Dangers of Cryptosporidium

In the past 3 weeks, 300,000 homes in Lancashire have been without clean water after a Cryptosporidium outbreak in the local tap water. Residents were advised to boil all water before use.

We are proud to be able to say we filter well over 99.9% of Cryptosporidium; which means that our customers were not affected by the ‘boil water notice’ and were able to drink safely from their Water-to-Go bottles, without having to boil first.

Over the past few weeks we’ve been inundated with questions on the subject so we thought we’d quickly explain what cryptosporidium is and how we tackle it.

What is Cryptosporidium?

Cryptosporidium is a small protozoan parasite that affects the intestines of mammals, which of course includes humans. It causes “cryptosporidiosis”.

The parasite is very hard to deal with because, although it is easily passed from one person or animal to another, it is not easily destroyed, as it produces a resistant spore called an oocyst. There are 10 recognized Cryptosporidium species that live in different host animals.

The parasite is primarily transmitted via water contaminated by faeces. If the parasite gets into the public water supply, fatal results can occur. In 1993, 60 people died after more than 400,000 people were infected in Milwaukee in Wisconsin.

Cryptosporidium is highly resistant to chlorine disinfection.

How does Cryptosporidium affect Humans?

The symptoms of people suffering from “cryptosporidiosis” are primarily diarrhoea and its affects – dizziness, feeling lightheaded, or nausea are just some of the signs of dehydration and overheating. As these are very general symptoms, Cryptosporidium is usually only diagnosed after examination of a stool sample.

For those with a weakened immune system, the effects of infection will be more severe.

How Water-to-Go filters help you avoid Cryptosporidium?

Cryptosporidium parasites have water borne oocysts, 4-6 μm in diameter. As parasites they live in the host’s intestines, so to stop them you need to be careful what you drink. The Water-to-Go filter system has an effective pore size of less than 0.7 μm preventing the cryptosporidium from getting through.